Author Archives: Kat King

Board Decides Against Signing the HGBA this Year

MT. ANGEL, Ore., July 20, 2020 – Wilco’s Hazelnut Advisory Committee and Board of Directors, all farmer-owners who represent the cooperative’s ~200 hazelnut farms, have agreed not to sign the recently modified Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association Agreement (HGBA). Only Wilco’s HGO WestNut subsidiary had signed the agreement in past years and 6.36% of the total […]

$772,052.01 Allocated to Farmer-Owners

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Allocates $772,052.01 as 199A/DPAD Deductions

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Allocates $772,052.01 as 199A/DPAD Deductions MT ANGEL, Ore., July 14, 2020 – Less than two months after announcing patronage payouts to their growers, Wilco, a farmer-owned cooperative, sends out an allocation notice to qualifying hazelnut farmer-owners for another $772,052.01 in 199A/DPAD IRS deductions. A written notice of allocation was mailed out […]

Cooking with Cast Iron

Cooking with Cast Iron Blog

Cast iron cookware has proven itself over time to be versatile, long-lasting, economical and also cook foods differently, often better, than stainless, non-stick or other options. Here are some facts about cast iron and reasons why you may want to use it too. The first recorded use of cast iron cookware was during the Han […]

Traeger Roasted Lamb Sliders

Traeger Lamb Slider

While the original was a mini “grease-burger” by Whitecastle in the 1940s, they’ve come a long way! Watch one way to twist a slider into something unexpected on your Traeger grilling recipe book. What You’ll Need for Roasting the Lamb 1 Lamb leg roast (I de-boned mine, but you don’t have to. Smaller pieces cook faster. You […]

Grower Spotlight: Heesacker Farms

Steve Heesacker, Heesacker Farms in Forest Grove, OR How long has your family owned your farm? My dad started farming hazelnuts in 1960. My wife, Karla, and I purchased the business in 2003. We are second-generation hazelnut farmers. How long has your family-owned and operated the receiving station? Since 1994. I helped Dad build our […]

Introducing Janet Bingham

Our New HGO Marketplace Sales Receptionist If you’re wondering “Who’s that fun lady behind the counter with the big smile?” the next time you stop in to visit the HGO Marketplace Store, we are very pleased to announce that Janet Bingham is our new HGO Marketplace Sales Receptionist! Janet has been working for Wilco since […]

2019 Harvest Update

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Thank you for choosing HGO as your marketing partner. Overall, 2019 was a successful harvest year. Many processes that were pain points at HGO last year were significantly improved this year; demonstrating the commitment of the HGO team to continuous improvement and to our growers. Sampling Process Our chain of custody procedure allowed us to […]

Winter Pruning

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Now that harvest is complete, attention is now focused on winter pruning. Pruning, while it is expensive, can be very beneficial to the health of your orchards. Most growers are cutting out deadwood, EFB infected trees, and pruning young trees to establish strong scaffolding. Cutting out dead wood is something that is done every year. […]

January 2020 – Letter From COO Greg Thorsgard

Dear Grower, After nine months with Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, I’m excited to report an excellent and smooth 2019. We are expecting continued growth in the New Year by adding to our grower memberships and the Oregon Orchard® brand. I think the most exciting event this past year was when our state-of-the-art Donald processing facility […]